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Quick Guide To Antioxidants


Okay, we all know that it is important to integrate certain vitamins and minerals into our diets, but there has been more and more talk about antioxidants, why they are important, and they are even gaining more recognition by physicians worldwide. There are many supplements that are available that help you reach optimal levels with all minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, but there are also certain foods that anyone should try to integrate into their daily regimen as much as possible.

Antioxidants: What Are They?

Antioxidants are actually a particular group of molecules within our bodies that can inhibit the oxidation from another molecule. Our bodies will naturally circulate different nutrients throughout the body because of their particular antioxidant qualities. Additionally, the body creates enzymes (antioxidant) to help reduce free radicals and chain reactions. While the body is responsible for producing some of the antioxidants that are needed to function properly, others come from different source such as Acai berry puree, capsuled supplements or antioxidant rich foods (the berry family, dark leafy greens). As people begin to age, the body’s process of creating enzymes and antioxidants begins to slow down and that is why we should be more aware to supplement them.

Issue with Free Radicals

Through the years, many studies have been conducted and it has been brought to light that free radicals can greatly affect our DNA – in a negative manner. This leads to more chronic diseases like cancers, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and more. If we are not doing our jobs properly in ridding our body of harmful toxins and free radicals, we are putting ourselves at a higher risk level to suffer from chronic illnesses.

Different Types of Antioxidants

There are a few different types of antioxidants that fall under these categories: Superoxide dismutase, Catalase, Glutathione peroxidase/reductase, and non-enzymatic. The non-enzymatic are the ones that naturally disrupt the building of free radical chains and are found in the antioxidant supplements and foods available.   

The best that everyone can do is become more aware of the dangers that there are by not properly receiving and consuming the right levels of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Antioxidants will help flush your body from harmful free radicals and toxins, and help you feel healthier and rejuvenated. Additionally, inside of your body where you cannot see what is going on, you can rest assured that your cells and molecules are being repaired, and you are building a great shield of protection against things that can cause illness, fatigue, and chronic disease.